Friday, May 30, 2014

Steve Randy Waldman — Welfare economics: an introduction (part 1 of a series)

Lotsa weekend reading. Put this on the list.
Commenters at interfluidity are usually much smarter than the author whose pieces they scribble beneath, and the previous post was no exception. But there were (I think) some pretty serious misconception in the comment thread, so I thought I’d give a bit of a primer on “welfare economics”, as I understand the subject. It looks like this will go long. I’ll turn it into a series.
Utility, welfare, and efficiency

Our first concern will be a question of definitions. What is the difference between, and the relationship of, “welfare” and “utility”? The two terms sound similar, and seem often to be used in similar ways. But the difference between them is stark and important.
Welfare economics: an introduction (part 1 of a series)
Steve Randy Waldman

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